The ToneWay® Project: helping people play music

Green Grow the Lilacs

I once had a sweetheart but 4 now I have none
He's 5 gone and he's left me I care for not 1 one
The way he has done me con- 4 tented I'll be
For 5 he loves another much better than 1 me

Green grow the lilacs all sparkling with dew
I'm lonesome for my darling since parting from you
The next time I meet him I hope to prove true
And change the green lilacs to red, white and blue

I passed by his window both early and late
The look that he gave me it made my heart ache
The look that he gave me was harmful to see
For he loves another much better than me

I wrote him a letter with rosy red lines
He sent me an answer all twisted and twined
Keep your love letters and I will keep mine
Just write to your sweetheart and I'll write to mine

A song from the The ToneWay Mountain Music Collection, which offers lyrics and free Song Clips (recordings for learning the song by ear) for nearly 400 traditional songs, many of which are often heard in bluegrass and old-time jam circles. The ToneWay Project also offers songbooks, CDs, and a free online video series for learning to play music by ear.